Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the occupation of Bob Briggs?

2. What is the reader told about how the "Ape and Essence" script appears in the novel?

3. What is the first thing to appear in the "Ape and Essence" screenplay?

4. Where does the granddaughter of William Tallis live?

5. What does Mrs. Coulton believe about how the narrator and William Tallis might have gotten along?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

2. Set the scene for the opening of the novel. What is happening? When?

3. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

4. How do Bob Briggs and the narrator initially become interested in "Ape and Essence"?

5. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

6. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

7. What background information is the narrator able to learn about William Tallis?

8. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

9. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

10. Why was Gandhi killed according to the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain why Huxley may have chosen to start Ape and Essence on the date of Gandhi's assassination. Explain Gandhi's historical significance. What kind of insight might an understanding of Gandhi's teaching have on some of the themes and messages of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the character of William Tallis and the extent to which he is a surrogate or reflection of Huxley himself. Why is it important that he wrote the Ape and Essence screenplay? What is the significance of his gravestone, and the grave's location?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola. Why are they compatible souls? What aspects of humanity do they share? Why is Loola different from the other primitives? What does Loola have that Miss Ethel Hook does not?

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